Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2014 Archive

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Mashup: drama, playfulness and networked cultures

21 May 2014

Join us on May 21 for this CoCo seminar by Associate Professor Michael Anderson and Dr David Cameron titled “Mashup: drama, playfulness and networked cultures”.

This seminar will provide a critical guide to the new forms of playful exploration, co-creativity, and improvised performance made possible by digital networked media. The presentation will draw on some of the themes explored in the forthcoming book of the same name (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Drawing on examples from games, education, online media, technology-enabled performance, and the creative industries, this presentation will explore how the elements of applied drama can frame our understanding of digital cultures. Exploring the connected real-world and virtual spaces where young people are making and sharing digital content, this presentation will draw attention to the fundamental applied drama conventions that infuse and activate this networked culture.

Challenging descriptions of drama and digital technology as binary opposites, the presentation will explore common principles and practice grounded in role, embodiment, performance, play, and identity that are being amplified and enhanced by the affordances of online media.

This seminar will be available live online at

Event details

  • When: 11am–12.30pm

  • Where: Room 230, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: FREE

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren
    T: +61 2 9351 2612

  • More info: Arrive at 10.45am for refreshments

  • Speakers:

    Michael Anderson is an associate professor in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. His research and teaching concentrates on how arts educators begin, evolve and achieve growth in their careers and how students engage with arts and technology to learn and create in arts education. Michael was a drama a teacher and creative arts consultant with the NSW Department of Education and holds senior positions in drama curriculum development and assessment with the NSW Board of Studies.

    David Cameron is Deputy Director, Academic Technologies, at the University of Newcastle Centre for Learning and Teaching. He has worked as a radio broadcaster and content producer, news editor, and multimedia designer. His academic career includes lecturing in journalism, media and communication. His research interests encompass digital game-based learning, applied drama and technology, social media, mobile media, and online education. He was a chief investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project (2007–2010) with the Australian Defence Simulation Office, developing and trialling digital game-based and online role-based simulation tools for use in crisis management simulations and training.

Mashup: drama, playfulness and networked cultures


Room 230, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


21 May 2014

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